Felger on NHL labor talks: 'This thing should come in on time'

Felger on NHL labor talks: 'This thing should come in on time'
June 22, 2012, 10:53 am
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The NHL released its 2012-13 schedule Thursday . . . but, with a labor war looming, was it an exercise in futility?

Michael Felger -- while worried that the players have hired hard-liner Donald Fehr, the former head of the baseball union, as their leader -- thinks common sense will, or at least should, prevail.

"I get the sense that this system has worked for everybody," he said Thursday on 'Uno's Sports Tonight'. "The salary cap is in place; players still make good money, salaries are still going up; I think the league, on balance, is profitable . . .

"I think this is going to come down to, do the owners reach for more? The owners got so much in the last negotiation, which resulted in a year-long work stoppage; that's when the blood was shed. The tough work is done. Now you're just negotiating numbers around the edges.

"As long as the owners don't get greedy, this thing should come in on time."